When I look at a fruit, I don’t just see something I’m about to devour.
I see certain vitamins and minerals in the color.
I see fiber in the flesh of the fruit.
I also see the skin, which can be zested and used to enhance many recipes.
I loved the taste from these flavor combinations. Reminiscent of my favorite childhood dessert, dark chocolate covered orange peels.
I chose to roll these into a bunch of mini spherical shapes so I could package them up and take them with me as a perfectly portioned snack.
1 scant cup almonds
1 1/4 packed cup dates
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa/cacao powder
1-2 tsp orange zest
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 tsp almond extract (optional)
Place all ingredients in a food processor except chocolate chips and blend well. Add in chocolate chips and blend a bit more until a consistency capable of forming and molding is reached.
Mold into whatever shapes you desire. Placing in fridge for a bit makes it easier to form into balls/squares.
Store in an air tight container in the fridge. They should last quite a while.
The flavors get better over time upon storage.